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Donkey - Sunday Oct 07, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5


Exercise: None; Weight training: None; Calories: 1632 -- although I was feeling "munchie" at bedtime and woke up hungry on Sunday.


Exercise: 65 min elliptical (intervals); Weight training 25 min legs (machines); Calories: 1530 and DETERMINED to keep it there.

My Husband surprised me last night with a Day Off today! So I plan today to be the Day Off he should have had on Wed/Thurs. Pretty much relax and do what you want (after going to the Grocery Store). It is very hot and humid here, so really, resting is the best thing to do, although I do plan to do some shopping (great workout, Shadetree! LOL!) for a curtain for my kitchen. The afternoon sun comes blazing in while I wash the noon and evening dishes. This will help keep out the heat in the summer, and insulate against the cold winter nights.

I really am a person who prefers the dark.

I am facing a dilemma on Monday. Monday is Columbus Day here in the U.S. (which I think is the dumbest day off in the history of humanity). So of course, the kids are home from school but Husband has to work. My Daughter has a play date with a friend from our old neighborhood, although I have no idea what time she plans to come over (probably around 10a). Monday also promises to be hot and humid again.

My dilemma is: How to manage running on Monday.

I think what I will do is get up very early and get to the gym as soon as I can around 5a and do the elliptical and maybe weight training). Then I will come home and go for a short run (3 miles). Or I will take my running shoes (aka "runners") with me and run on the treadmill at the gym. Which if it is as hot and humid as it is today, might just be the way to do it.

Anyway we shall see.

EVENING EDIT: Finished dinner, had a little apple pie (just a little) and I'm determined to keep my calories at 1530 and do no more snacking. I am enjoying a cup of green tea right now and I have 1L of water to drink. Listen to me, I'm talking metric. LOL! :-)

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/07/2007:
lol..you don't like extra days off??? well, i guess you need to make sure the kids are occupied. I see it's harder to manage running on a holiday because the kids are home!!! A suggestion for the future: when kids are home plan some kind of excursion for the day for a different type of exercise. examples include some kind of historic trip: museum or trip into the city to walk around. other things include ice skating/roller blading (although i'm not yet a fan of the latter...it kinda scares me haha), going to a park or finding a cool trail (that's sorta what i've been doing on weekends). going to the mall a little if they need clothes...but kids may not like that one! haha

workingit2 on 10/07/2007:
So happy you all finally got a day off!

Donkey - Friday Oct 05, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 130.5

Exercise: 48 min running (4 mi) + 35 min elliptical (resist. 14) + 30 min bike ride w/daughter; Weight training: 25 min upper body (machines); Calories: 1580 but I will probably have some frozen fruit later on (calories ended up being 1700)

I was so excited to update my Current Weight this morning that I started my diary entry early :-)

EVENING EDIT: It was hot and humid today. I am glad that I got out there to run first and then went to the gym. Husband was off of work today and the kids were off of school. My daughter and I rode our bikes around the subdivision to look at the houses with Halloween decorations.

Tomorrow is my "day off" from exercising, but if it is decent weather, I would like to take the kids on a long bike ride. It's been a while since we've done that.

Progress as of today: 13.5 lbs lost so far, only 0.5 lbs to go!

workingit2 on 10/05/2007:
Congratulations on being sooooooo close to your goal! YAY!!!

biscottibody59 on 10/05/2007:
Good for you!

greengirl on 10/05/2007:
WooHoo just look at you !!!! Excellent :o)

workingit2 on 10/06/2007:
That is very cool that you posted the link to the low-cost help for HOP. It is really nice to know that there is a great group of people who support her and wish her all the best. Nothing but love!

shadetree on 10/06/2007:
You go girl! Only HALF a pound to go!!!!

legcramps on 10/06/2007:
Awesome! Keep it up :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/06/2007:
hi donk donk. I actually do have insurance. I pay like 250 a month (2.5 days of work is what it takes!). i'm not against talking to someone, but i'm gonna wait it out.

I still have a small amount of faith in myself!

congrats on your weight! :) you deserve it - you've been adding up a good amount of cardio lately! :)

donkey, have a really GREAT day :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/06/2007:
i just read workingit's comments. up, its nice that you are sooo caring that you would offer me info on help. I appreciate your generosity! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/07/2007:
It amazes me about how quickly we put up Halloween decorations. It's really funny. Most holidays we get ready for a month in advance...and then there's Christmas...lol, right after Thankgsgiving people are thinking about it! It's soo funny. Our culture, like any, really loves its major holidays!

Donkey - Thursday Oct 04, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 65 min elliptical (single hill); Weight Training: 25 min lower body (machines); Calories: 1550

I ended up having 20 frozen grapes last night, which pushed my calories up 1800, and I am fine with that. I am not going to obsess about it, because as it is, sometimes I overestimate my portions, so it all evens out.

The thing I like about the frozen fruit or the frozen "Go-Gurts" is that there's no big danger of getting out of control. Even if I have 50 grapes, that's still under 200 calories. If I have 1-2 Go-Gurts, that's 80-160 calories. However, if I have a dish of ice cream, then I tend to serve myself way too much, even though I use a small custard cup to hold the ice cream.

So you may think that I could do the same idea of portion control with ice cream, such as an ice cream bar or a pre-packaged cup of ice cream. However, I find that not only is this extremely expensive (and very wasteful) but with ice cream, if I want more, I go and get more. Whereas with grapes or yogurt, when I'm done, I'm done. It's enough for me.

Weigh-in tomorrow!

EVENING EDIT: As much as I am craving more dessert (had a Go-Gurt, working on a cup of coffee), I am not going to have anything more. I already had something. That is sufficient and tomorrow is weigh-in. I WANT TO REACH MY GOAL WEIGHT!!

Sandra aka Soul on 10/04/2007:
I love frozen grapes, they are much sweeter that way. I used to buy just enough nuts for the day, that way I could not go back for more...you should try that with ice cream.

workingit2 on 10/04/2007:
Good luck with the weigh in!!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/04/2007:
i want you to reach your goal weight too! :)

uhhh, thanks for the GOOD suggestions. I'm in a really strange mindset right now. of course i'll let you know how tomorrow goes! :)

i guess all of life is a learning experience, right!? :)

Donkey - Wednesday Oct 03, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 35 min elliptical (resist. level 13) + 58 min running (5.14 mi); Weight training: NONE; Calories: 1730 --- BUT ----

I so want something for dessert. I am at the limit for my calorie range (1740), so anything else would be excess. I would *love* to have a dish of ice cream, but lately, I've been eating frozen "Go-Gurts" which are low-fat yogurt "sticks" that are marketed towards kids. One portion -- one CONTROLLED portion -- has 80 calories and really satisfies an ice cream craving. I also have some frozen grapes that I could savor slowly (because they are frozen). So I have 2 good, healthy choices. I'm still trying to resist.

Today I got mad at some lady walking her little dog on the bike trail. If you have a dog, you need to have it on a short leash when people are passing by. I ran by her once and she *laughed* because the dog chased me (retractable leash was extended so it was long). I passed her on the way back and the dog started coming after me again. I said "GET AWAY! GET AWAY!" and she's like, "I'm really sorry"

No she's not, because if she was, she would have retracted the leash length. So I said to her, "Yeah, I THINK SO!" She was rather taken aback, so I tacked on "B****!" rather loudly. But maybe she thought I was talking about the dog. Gosh some people are SO STUPID. I have very little patience for stupidity and arrogance.

workingit2 on 10/04/2007:
SOME people with dogs think that everyone loves them and doesn't mind them being all in the middle of everything. I think it is so rude. I probably wouldn't have said anything just because I don't like to waste my anger on strangers LOL!!

You know, I LOVE gogurt and never thought about tossing it in the freezer! I have some in my fridge and I'm going to toss them into the freezer, what a great tip!

biscottibody59 on 10/04/2007:
RYC: I'll always think I'm doing pretty well unless I get back to 170 and then 180--I truly think I'd just give up and become a slug if that happens. I've always felt that if I could get to the 150s CONSISTENTLY and stay as active as I am, I'd be pleased if I never lost another pound.

Here's an episode similar to yours from my "way-back" machine: "I went on my usual jog yesterday at dusk. I had been hearing murmuring and a bell-ringing sound (not an old-time bike bell). I just ignored it. I turned onto a street and stayed to the left on our somewhat narrow streets, although there is plenty of room for two cars and people walking on at least one edge.

I turned to look behind me as I rounded the corner and saw some people on bicycles. They all were wearing helmets. I really took no note; I simply thought they'd pass without incident. They turned where I did and took awhile to catch up to me. You know I'm a pretty slow jogger, but they seemed to hang back quite a ways. So I heard the ringing again, and again I ignored it. A man passed me on the right and said, "Hi." Then a boy passed. Just after him, a girl (about 10-12) passed, then immediately cut to directly in front of me to where, in retrospect, I could have just tumped her and her bike right over. She stayed there in front of me for a few seconds and I said nothing, just thinking she was inexperienced. Then she sped up to catch up to the man and he said something like, "Good going!" or "Good job!"

I was a little dumbfounded at first and thought, "What kind of parent would put their child up to that?" All of this knowing it was getting dark, they had no lights on their bikes, what if there had been oncoming traffic, and why was this man hell-bent on riding three abreast after they passed me a little ways. All I could think was, "What an idiot, teaching your child road rage." It was just bizarre. I wanted to think I hadn't really seen this happen."

I walk my dog all the time and am adamant about keeping her away from others--you came upon one of these stupid people who do extraordinary things that put them and the kids or dogs at risk. It amazes me--I used to spit (a bad habit to get into--I don't recommend it) or shoot the finger at drivers who did things like the little girl on the bike, though it didn't matter. I never actually spit AT their car--haha. I cuss alot, but I also come across alot of people who wave at me especially on my bike. (I'm not especially proud of my spitting and bird-shooting and cussing, but I guess I feel like I have to do something to defend myself--even if it's just to vent MY frustration.)

Don't let one idiot ruin your run!

crategrl on 10/04/2007:
The other night when I was walking my husky (which uses a nylon strap not retractable) a couple with 2 dogs walked by on the other side of the street. They had these dogs on retractable leashes and both dogs went nuts and ran into the street after us. They asked how my dog was so calm and did not run. DUH dude it is not a retractable leash and she is trained. It upset me more that if traffic was coming their dogs may have been hit as they let the leashes run that far.

Donkey - Tuesday Oct 02, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 65 min elliptical (intervals); Weight training: 25 min lower body (machines); Calories: 1850 (a little high)

Today my legs felt so heavy. I may have to think this increased resistance idea on the crosstrainer. We'll see how tomorrow goes. It's supposed to be a running day too.

I went to my old house -- the one we're trying to sell -- to put up Fall decorations. The house is empty, so the few touches that I do put up/out are the only thing that really give the space some decor. (Most rooms still have curtains, though.) One of the things I put up was a garland of autumn leaves (plastic) across the front porch. Well, I didn't buy enough of it, so I have to make the long trip up there tomorrow to finish lining the porch. It's a big PITA, but on the other hand, I won't be eating and I won't be sitting! The other decorations do look nice :-)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/03/2007:
PITA...haha, it took me a few seconds but i finally got it! love it!

glad you are doing this! and, the weather is probably still pretty nice so this outdoor exercise is WONDERFUL!

Donkey - Monday Oct 01, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 0.0

Exercise: 35 min crosstrainer (resistance level 14) + 41 min running; Weight training: 25 min upper body (machines); Calories: 1470 but will probably be a little higher as I want to have some frozen fruit later on.

With the new month come new changes.

Today was the first day that I scaled back on the elliptical AND increased the resistance level. I have decided that on non-running days, I will go for the whole hour. It just doesn't feel right to do less than an hour. However, for the sake of running, I will only do half on running days. And on days that I go the full hour on the elliptical, I will do a resistance level of 10 or 12, instead of my usual 8. I will try for level 12 tomorrow.

I used an online map-mile website to figure out how far I'm running. (www.mapmyrun.com) Imagine my disappointment when I found out that I have not been running as far as I thought I was. But I mapped out quite a few routes, some that I haven't tried yet, so that I will be able to know how far I am running. This was mostly inspired by a mileage challenge I am involved in (quite similar to the minutes challenge I was involved with last month).

One more note, on my way home from the gym, I was observing a white van parking on the shoulder of the road I wanted to run on Sunday morning (but did not do). You can imagine my surprise when a bunch of questionable young men got out of the back of the van with orange jumpsuits with big letters saying "COUNTY JAIL" on the back of them. Yikes! Good thing I didn't plan on running that route today! I'm sure they are doing trash pick-up, so the route will be clean for me on Sunday :-)

(Weigh-in on Friday)

EVENING EDIT: Experienced some horrible, awful anxiety this afternoon. Felt as though I hadn't accomplished anything and felt terribly guilty because my Husband would be coming home from work. Really felt awful. Have not felt this horrible in a long time.

Sandra aka Soul on 10/01/2007:
Excellent job on the elliptical, that is my goal to work up to what you are doing now. 7.0 or 7.5 is the optimum pH level for human bodies.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/01/2007:
haha, they were out doing community service...yeah, stay away! haha

donkey, i'm proud of you and your goals. why can't I get some standard goals in place!!?!?

workingit2 on 10/01/2007:
Such fantastic exercise! Thank you for the advice on Brian. He is so different from any man I've ever dated that I find myself being curious more often lol. Thanks! Take good care of yourself and I hope you don't have any more anxious days!

hollybelle on 10/01/2007:
Great exercise. I hope you didn't spend too much time feeling anxious about not accomplishing very much today. Just think how many days you have "over-achieved" - it all evens out.

mcwoo40 on 10/02/2007:
Hi,Thanks for the comments you have left me recently.I've been too busy to go on the computer lately.Great job on the exercise,you put me to shame!!Take care,Julie

crategrl on 10/02/2007:
This morning I saw a bumper sticker and thought of you. "I'm not judgin, I am just saying". :-) Good job on your goals.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 10/02/2007:
stop feeling so guilty! you did accomplish things today so why do you feel that way! maybe its because you want to do something for you and you can't because your husband is coming home? is that why?

you have no idea how much your feedback is helpful when i feel the way i have been. I really hope to make a change in my lifestyle these months leading up to the New Year. I'm always making changes and I never keep diet or anything the same. I guess I get bored. I hope to have some really great updates these few months! :)

Donkey - Sunday Sep 30, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.0


Exercise: 20 min walking + 40 min putting up Halloween decorations; Weight training: None; Calories 2360


Exercise: 65 min crosstrainer (single hill); Weight training: 10 min legs (machines); Calories: 1460

I can't believe I forgot to post yesterday! My calories were really good until we went out for dinner, which was late because Husband had to work 12 hours and didn't get off until 7p. I had a good dinner, but came home and had 2 dishes of ice cream. OMGosh what WAS I thinking??!!

I did not get up early to run this morning, and my daughter is feeling ill today, so I have very little hope of running today. So much for converting to my running schedule of Wed/Fri/Sun. I'll be back to Mon/Wed/Fri and running among strange landscaper men. Oh well, that's what I get for slacking off for a day.

It's funny how one bad meal can really derail a person's best effort.

EVENING EDIT: Say good-bye to those 65 minute workouts on the elliptical. For the month of October, I plan on increasing the resistance and decreasing my time on the crosstrainer so that I have more time available for running. All in all, it was a good day, it was a good month. I look forward to reaching my goal weight in October!

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

GG on 09/30/2007:
Ugh, I hate eating dinner late, but I guess under the circumstances that is alright! What did you have for dinner? Obviously something not too filling, to have you come home and eat some ice cream! it is sad, whenever I go out to dinner I always come home hungry: it is so funny cause everyone is saying that the portion sizes at restaurants have GROWN over the years and I personally think they have SHRUNK: because the meals I make for myself at home are GINORMOUS! haha! I think the routine of running M, W & F is better than W, F and Sunday because who wants to run on the weekends when they can spend time with their family (especially if you daughter feels ill!!) I do hope you daughter feels better and that you have a great sunday!!!

Workingit2 on 09/30/2007:
Ice cream, once it is in my house, is a food that I cannot resist! Especially if I've had a late dinner and want that little bit of comfort before I go to sleep *sigh*.

I hope your daughter feels better and that you get some good exercise in!

shadetree on 09/30/2007:
I was worried when I started this that I would miss chocolate - that was always my crutch. Stressed at work? Have a candy bar. Depressed about nothing? have some M&M's. Celebrating? have a brownie. I make sure now that I have sugar free fudgsicles in the freezer at all times. 40 calories, and it's just enough to curb my cravings. Serving size is already done for you, and if you eat two (which I haven't had to do yet) it's 80 calories, still not bad. I know it's nothing like a heaping bowl of Ben & Jerry's Heath Bar Crunch, but it does seem to satisfy me. Maybe that's an option?

hollybelle on 09/30/2007:
My daughter made home-made choc chip cookies - from scratch. How could I say no. I didn't. Oh well......we all will do better tomorrow.

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/30/2007:
well, i remember you saying how your were craving some ice cream ealier this week before weigh in! lol, i guess your craving wanted to be filled. however, all in all, this shouldn't set you back too much at all! just remember that!

Donkey - Friday Sep 28, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 134.0

Exercise: 65 min elliptical (gluteal) + 58 min running; Weight training: 15 min lower body (machines); Calories: Let's say 1700 (my counter shows a little less, but that's OK)

If you will notice, I weighed in today and my weight has gone up 1.5lb. Needless to say, I was not very happy about this, on top of the crushing depression that I was feeling from our house selling problems.

WARNING: The following 2 paragraphs have TMI that is of a personal nature. If you are easily offended, I suggest you skip them and read my concluding remarks instead.

I came to the conclusion that there are 2 reasons why my weight was "up". One of them has to do with hormonal cycles, so I won't go into that, except to say that 2x a month, I tend to put on a little water weight. I also have to fight cravings 2x a month as well, but I have been doing well with that. (On the plus side, I feel very romantic around this time of the cycle, iykwim.)

The second reason why my weight is "up" is that last week I managed to weigh in after a Daily Donkey Dump. Today, that was not the case. Of course, after I had had my morning's cup of coffee, we were at DDD x2 (YES, I said "2" and boy were they GREAT). I am sure this had some influence on the numbers.

So I am trying to remain optimistic. You can see that I had a great run today. Once again, I ran to the kids' school and back, but this time I shaved 7 minutes off my time. So I must be running faster although I cannot tell this when I run. (I feel so slow.)

I am also thinking positive about my house situation as well. So today, after I get cleaned up from running, I am going to the store to buy autumn decorations for the old house, to show people that it is a loved house and it decorates very well. When the house sells, I can use these decorations for my current dwelling, so it is not money wasted. I know my son wishes that I did more holiday decorating. Well, I do but it's just not at the house that we live in. Next year, I'm sure it will be :-)

Progress as of today: 10 lbs lost so far, only 4 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/29/2007:
you're doing great...i wouldn't be ultra worried about the numbers on the scale. more important is that run and shaving a full 7 minutes off! i still have yet to start running...i know that if i did that now, i'd totally destroy my healing ankle :)

Workingit2 on 09/29/2007:
Girl, after all the TMI messages I've posted lately, I sure can read yours LOL. Enjoy your loving feelings, that is the ONLY benefit to the pesky TOM thing!

Holy COW you are a powerhouse workout diva! I am so very impressed!

My sister had her house on the market for almost a full year and gave up on ever selling it, and suddenly one day someone just decided that yes, they wanted it. They had to hurry up and pack and buy a new house in 30 days. Just when it looks bleak, that is usually when it happens. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!

shadetree on 09/30/2007:
My husband and I watch all those home improvement and flipping shows, and if there's one thing that we've learned, "Staging is everything." So I think you may be on the right track with the decorations - that may be just the right trick to make if feel homey enough for someone else.

As for the weight, I wouldn't be terribly concerned about it as you've been kicking butt with your exercise. Keep up the running and the elliptical and it's got to start going down again.

Donkey - Thursday Sep 27, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 65 min elliptical (intervals); Weight training: 15 min upper body (machines -- only 3 exercises) :-(; Calories: 1540

I am feeling really tired today. This is almost like TOM/AF/PMS kind of tired, except that it's not time for that. I hate it when I want to do so much at the gym and my body craps out on me like that. Oh manure! :-(

And especially since tomorrow is weigh-in day. Ugh, I'd like to squeeze in as much as I can. I said in a previous entry that I'm rather nervous about this week's weigh in. Oh well, let's not get carried away, and keep things in their proper perspective.

EVENING EDIT: I'm a defeated Donkey tonight. Today we found out that the people who wanted to buy our house in June (but couldn't sell their house first) have sold their house but no longer want to buy our house. :-( They want to spend more money on a new house with bling-bling. Nevermind that our house is a good house with tons of room for upgrading (huge fenced in backyard). Oh well.... This really hit me hard in the heart. I felt like diving into some peanut butter or cheese all afternoon long.

Now I am off to the library with my son for the quarterly meeting of Yu-Gi-OH! Club. He *loves* this -- the game, the cards, being with other kids that love Yu-Gi-OH! I would rather stay home and watch Survivor and CSI. The things a mom does....

I just hope I don't console myself after the meeting with a ton of ice cream. That would be so bad. I must remember that weigh-in is tomorrow.

Progress as of today: 11.5 lbs lost so far, only 2.5 lbs to go!

Sandra aka Soul on 09/27/2007:
Hey D,

You're right, keeping things in their proper perspective is imperative...it is just a number and you are more than that. Your minutes on the elliptical are impressive, I am gonna have to up my time to catch you.

shadetree on 09/27/2007:
Thanks for the input! I was planning on reverting back to phase I to get back on track. I wish I had a decent grocery store...I live in a RURAL area, and while we do have a good size grocery store, they cater to the majority, which means the produce section is really small, healthier options are very hard to find. (The ice cream section alone is bigger than the produce section.) There is a health food store about an hour away, other grocery stores same distance...I guess I'll have to make a trip this weekend.

Weigh in tomorrow - you don't really need that ice cream tonight, do you?:)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2007:
yo. thanks for your support. too many ups and downs for me. i'm the highest weight i've been in about 5-6 years....gotta do something now! :)

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/28/2007:
yeah, you're right...we must keep everything in perspective when we are weighing in. no obsession. i'm feeling sorry for myself though. you see, i KNOW what it takes to loose weight. I know VERY well. I'm so educated and knowledgable in it. but i'm stabbing myself in the back. for no reason.

jon'smom on 09/28/2007:
Hang in there! I'm sorry the house deal did not go through. Something better will come along. Think positive thoughts! Great job with the elliptical!!

biscottibody59 on 09/28/2007:
Hope you have a great day--maybe take a break soon? Your exercise is exemplary--no one can fault you on that and you can always get back to it tomorrow!

borntocry on 09/28/2007:
Oh, my little nephew loves Yu-Gi-OH too! I didn't recognise it at first because I didn't know that's how it's spelled. But he's always talking about it. I didn't know they had clubs!

Hey, well done on that weight loss! Don't be alarmed if the scale fluctuates a little. The fact that you saw that weight means that at the very least it's just around the corner, if it isn't already here to stay. Know what I mean?

Donkey - Wednesday Sep 26, 2007
(Calorie Counting & Exercise)
Weight: 132.5

Exercise: 50 min running + 65 min elliptical (double hill); Weight Training: None; Calories: 1540 -- I had a yogurt snack last night.

Today I ran first before going to the gym. I did not want to watch today's Oprah, which I would be forced to do as the crosstrainers are right in front of 2 TV screens tuned in to her show at 9a. So I ran instead.

This was helpful on 2 levels. First of all, it forced me to change to my W/F/Su schedule NOW instead of waiting until Friday to do so. Secondly, because I ran first, I was able to go further (not much) than had I done it afterwards. However, several times during the run, I could feel myself slowing down considerably. But conversely there were times I sped up a lot as well (such as to avoid the landscaping guy with the mower).

Going to the gym afterwards was interesting. It was almost empty. By the time I left, there was one older woman doing the weight machines and that was it! Towards the locker rooms, there were 2 elderly gentlemen stretching. I thought it would be hard to motivate myself to go to the gym after already running, but it was not so bad. I had new music to listen to, so that really helped.

One thing I did notice when I was at the gym is why do I feel the need to do 2 workouts? It seemed a little ridiculous to me. I know why I did today, because I am involved in an online challenge that counts the minutes that participants exercise for the month of September. And we've done that challenge here too, before, and it didn't bother me. But today it bothered me. I think it would have been more beneficial to do weight training at the gym instead of the elliptical, but I'm not ready to give up that addiction yet. I feel incomplete if I do not do my daily elliptical. But on the other hand, I'm feeling uneasy about the direction I could be headed.

Which leads me to say that I am already getting nervous about this week's weigh in. I lost 3lb last week, and I do not want to gain that back. "135" is one of those "set-points" where my body is comfortable. So if I slide back up, I will have to work on breaking through the same plateau AGAIN. Don't want to do that!!

Progress as of today: 11.5 lbs lost so far, only 2.5 lbs to go!

Horn_Of_Plenty on 09/27/2007:
I have found that i definitely have some "set points" were my body is comfortable as well. Even if i eat really large amounts, with a few good days, i'm back to that set point...but not lower, where i'd like to be.

i feel that gaining lean muscle, which means you are better fit and can burn more calories, helps with breaking through your set point.

biscottibody59 on 09/27/2007:
Your having to dodge the mower guy reminded me of the time on a jog a few years ago someone in a pickup truck ran over a toad and some of the juice landed on my brand new shoes--double ick!

Have a good one!

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